week 5 dq educ

Current Issues That Affect Education

Though grounded in history, philosophy, and research, the theories and practice of education are constantly changing in response to new knowledge and children’s needs. Whether you decide to teach young children or work in a related profession, you will need to be aware of the current issues and challenges that are affecting the lives of young children, their families, and the educational field.


For this Discussion, choose one of the following current issues listed below to explore:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Effects of Being Born into and Living in Poverty
  • Effects of Stress and Trauma on Learning and Development
  • Brain Research and Learning


Based on what you have learned about education and children in this course, consider what teachers need to know in order to be respectful, responsive, and effective.


With these thoughts in mind:


By Day 3: 
 Post at least three findings/insights that you believe will provide vital knowledge to your colleagues in this program. Be sure to reference the Learning Resources or any other sources.

Required Resources

Standards and Regulations for Early Childhood Education

Standards and Regulations for the Elementary Grades

Current Issues in Education

Note: For this week’s Discussion, be prepared to post your thoughts and insights about one of the following issues that affect education. Peruse the suggested Web sites in order to gain insights into the topic of your choice.

Optional Resources

  • Course Text: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8 edited by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp

    • “Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice,” pages 16–23
      These guidelines, though written with early childhood education in mind, also apply to teaching at the intermediate grade level.

  • Web Site: National Education Association

  • Web Site: American Federation of Teachers

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